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    09-10-2012, 07:49 AM
First show

I'm planning on taking my mare to her first combined test in two weeks. She has never seen a dressage ring before, and I'm nervous that she will be afraid of the judges box. Also, she LOVES to jump, (she jumps anything and everything) so it's possible that she will see the edge of the ring as a jump.
Any tips? Is there a way I can use something at home to "re- create" a judges box?
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    09-10-2012, 08:11 AM
Ash, not sure about your area, but around here before you get to the arena you can go around it on outside, next to the box as well. May be just turn a horse as you pass the box and walk her back to pass it again in other direction.

P.S. I was very nervous too first time thinking my horse will spook or jump over the chains around the arena, but she did just fine. :) Just don't be nervous/afraid yourself when you enter the arena, and you'll be all right! Good luck!
    09-10-2012, 03:31 PM
Thank you kitten :) I know that I can go outside of the arena before my test, but I was wondering if there was anything I could do before the show to help. It would help me relax if I knew she had already seen the scary Judge's box. She can get pretty worked up sometimes so I've gotten used to staying relaxed on her. I tend to psych myself out when we go to the shows though. With my gelding who has competed at training, I would get nervous about how he would react to the beginner novice jumps. Thanks for your help
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    09-10-2012, 03:50 PM
You can try to setup something "scary" out of barrels and boxes just outside your arena (or simply park the trailer). However home arena is always different from the unknown place (it's much more comfy for the horse). If you can trailer the horse to the show place couple days before the show that could be helpful too (we have some shows in state parks, and the boots there are permanent, so you can come and ride around them all you want).
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    09-12-2012, 11:16 PM
Just have a few friends sit at the end of your ring in lawn chairs with large hats on or under a patio umbrella to simulate the judges box. My horse was more squirrely about trotting directly toward the judge than passing on either side. Check all approaches to be safe. Have fun at your show!
    09-13-2012, 05:32 PM
Thank you!

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